Last night at work, I was talking care of a "non-English speaking" family...a culture that "breast and bottle feeds" their babes.
An entire room full of people...and no one would, could, (wanted to?) feed the baby...so, I stepped in.
Grabbed the bottle, because mama kept telling me, "no milk!" when I asked her about putting the baby to breast. (And, yes...I did educate her that, indeed, she had what the baby needed...)
So, I snuggled this babe in, and moved to stand against the wall (remember, I said "a room full of people? Yeah, not kidding. Room. FULL. of people.)
Night was falling...and one of the men in the room spoke very clear, very fluent English (I thought)...I was standing near him and he said,
"You'll nurse the baby tonight?"
Ahem...ahhhh, wha'? Me, "I'm sorry, I didn't understand that, what did you say?"
He, "Do you nurse the baby tonight?"
Lemme say, never in my 11 years of nursing have I been propositioned to nurse a baby.
Me, *picking jaw up off of floor, staring blankly at him*...unsure of what, exactly, was happening...
He, sensing my confusion, "Will you take the baby to the nursery tonight?"
*exhale, breathe, laugh, giggle* Me, "Ohmigosh!!! I thought you were asking me if I'd nurse the baby!!!!"
And, the entire room full of non-English speaking visitors (but obviously English understanding...) BURST into laughter!
What a moment...still giggling about it...
"Will you nurse the baby..."
Is it weird that...under different circumstances, I think I would?
I mean, NOT as a nurse (hello loss of job)...but, perhaps for a close friend or family member (and, considering...if I was lactating...which I am not, and probably will never *sniff, sniff...sob* be again) in need?
Hmmmmm...food for thought. *snort*